The controversy around Tamil superstar Vijay’s latest release Sarkar has caught more flame. AR Murugadoss, the film’s director, has moved Madras High Court to seek anticipatory bail against any possible arrest. The court will hear the matter today.
Tamil Nadu: Following the controversy over #Sarkar film, its director AR Murugadoss has applied for anticipatory bail at Madras High Court. The court will hear the matter later today.— ANI (@ANI) November 9, 2018
On Thursday night, Murugadoss had tweeted about the presence of police outside his house. He wrote, “Police had come to my house late tonight and banged the door several times. Since I was not there they left the premises. Right now I was told there is no police outside my house.”
Police had come to my house late tonight and banged the door several times.Since I was not there they left the premises. Right now I was told there is no police outside my house.— A.R.Murugadoss (@ARMurugadoss) November 8, 2018
Sarkar, which released on November 7, has scenes that criticise the previous Tamil Nadu government led by the late J Jayalalithaa. The film has been facing stiff opposition from AIADMK workers all over the state. At some movie halls in Coimbatore and Chennai, banners of the film and that of Vijay were damaged and burnt, allegedly by AIADMK supporters. Some AIADMK workers staged a sit-in at a theatre in Coimbatore seeking a ban on the film.
Later, the makers agreed to delete certain ‘objectionable’ scenes from the film. They also showed the willingness to ‘mute’ a reference to Jayalalithaa.
Tamil superstar Rajinikanth has lashed out at the ruling AIADMK for staging protests. He questioned the rationale behind protesting against a film certified by the Censor Board.
While “strongly condemned” the demands for deletion of scenes, he tweeted, “It is against the law to hold protests seeking removal of some scenes from a Censor board certified film and trying to stall the screening and damaging the banners.”
தணிக்கைக்குழு தணிக்கை செய்து படத்தை வெளியிட்டபிறகு,அந்தப் படத்திலிருந்து சில காட்சிகளை நீக்கவேண்டும் என்று போராட்டம் நடத்துவதும், திரையிடத் தடுப்பதும்,படத்தின் பேனர்களை சேதப்படுத்துவதும், சட்டத்திற்குப் புறம்பான செயல்கள். இத்தகைய செயல்களை நான் வன்மையாகக் கண்டிக்கிறேன்.— Rajinikanth (@rajinikanth) November 8, 2018
Meanwhile, Sarkar has turned out to be a goldmine for its producers. The film raked in more than Rs 100 crore in first two days of its release. It’s still going strong at the box office and the controversy is likely to help it more at the ticket window.
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